What do you get when you cross a cucumber with a computer? A tomato with technology? You get the Heirloom Living Market. Masterminded by Lilburn residents Mary Drisdell and Maryanne Vaeth, the Heirloom Living Market consists of a group of local farmers, gardeners and artisans which is coordinated by the market managers to make their locally produced goods available to the community.
Yes, I know there are farmers markets all over the county and they offer all kinds of wonderful locally produced goods. What makes HLM unique is that all orders are placed online. No matter what the weather, no matter where you are, and no matter what time it is, you can order online and pick up your goods all boxed up and ready to go in either Lilburn or Lawrenceville.
Heirloom Living Market’s offerings include grass fed beef, raw milk, eggs, and organic vegetables and fruit along with flower, soaps, and personal care products. Each supplier adheres to strict standards to ensure every product is “chemical, pesticide, medication, hormone, nitrate, soy and GMO free.”
The website lists several Lilburn and Lawrenceville farmers, which is pretty amazing to me. When I look at all the concrete and congestion around me, it’s hard to imagine where there is enough green space to grow all these goodies. BG Farms, Inc. offers dozens of beef products, including delicacies like jalapeno and cheese beef sausage. Joyful Noise Acres Farm sells just about any part of a chicken you could ask for, including feet. And I know HLM is all about being as green as possible, but I can’t help but notice all the different colored chickens from which Golden Farms gathers eggs: Silver Laced Wyandottes, Black Astralorps, White Leghorns and Red Sex Links.
Artisans include My Daily Bread and True Vine bakeries and Dances with Bees, which produces an herbal salve made with emu oil. (I looked it up. I thought maybe it was just an expression like egg cream or elbow grease, but it actually contains rendered fat from emus.) And Low Low Knows Bones makes all kinds of organic dog treats. (No emu, but lots of tasty cheese, chicken liver and tuna.)
For some of the off-the-wall sounding veggies like kabocha squash, Drisdell posts recipes on the website and sometimes gives out samples at the market. She also teaches cheese making classes. Everything Vaeth and Drisdell do is in the spirit of educating the community about healthy choices.
As for choices I’ve made so far, their peaches, coffee and zucchini bread are super! And the Trauma Balm from Good Shepherd Herbals has really helped me get a leg up on my sciatica!
You can log in at www.lilburn.locallygrown.net or at the Lawrenceville site at www.crossfitozone.locallygrown.net. Lilburn pickup is at Gwinnett Gymnastics on Killian Hill Road and Lawrenceville pickup is at Crossfit O-Zone on Hurricane Shoals Road.
Susan Larson is a writer from Lilburn. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.